Sunday, July 29, 2012

Twitter Users Disrupt BBC's cycling Coverage?

Oddly enough, given concerns about broadband Internet access in London during the Olympics, the first report of any disruption has come from BBC officials who say use of Twitter, a low-bandwidth application, apparently disrupted television coverage of the cycling road races.

Apparently, updates about cyclist timing and positions were blocked when fans sent updates to Twitter while watching the race, and apparently jammed transmissions of race information.

The BBC  blamed the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS) for the lack of information. But the International Olympic Committee said fans sending updates to Twitter while watching the race had in effect jammed transmissions of race information.

Precisely how that can happen is not entirely clear, unless timing information was being sent using Twitter. 

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